Did iOS 6.0.1 Fix Your WiFi Issues?

Lots of folks had persistent (and annoying) issues with WiFi on their iPhone 5s and other iOS devices with iOS 6. I had to troubleshoot, oh, all the iOS devices in my house to get the WiFi back up to snuff. When iOS 6.0.1 was released, all the problems were supposed to be fixed, but were they?

It’s like the bad cold that you just can’t shake and everyone just keeps getting. Some people are still reporting WiFi issues with iPhone 5s (and other devices) even running iOS 6.0.1, are you one of them?

If so, first try these steps we posted earlier:

  1. Turn WiFi off and back on (not on the list, but it’s easy to try first)
  2. Do a Hard Reset/Reboot (for a video on how to do this we’ve got you covered)
  3. Reset/Renew your IP address
  4. Forget the network
  5. Reset network settings

All the steps are in the previous post. For my devices I had to do the Reset network settings route under iOS 6.0 and that fixed things for me, with iOS 6.0.1 I hard reset my devices and that fixed it.

There’s one last step to try. I call it the “kick the pants” method. Unplug your modem (DSL or cable) and router, count to ten, and plug them back in. Yes, I did tell you to turn them off and back on again. Why? Sometimes a little reboot helps the devices get things straight. Some sites suggested doing a full-on reset of all the router settings to factory. Seems extreme, but if all else fails, give that a shot.

Finally, Gizmodo (and others) reported that the issue really was related to devices connected to WPA/WPA2 protected networks (as all your wireless networks should be). Sometimes all the reseting fixed things, sometimes not. Gizmodo (and others) suggest switching your network from WPA/WPA2 to the much, much less secure (did I mention less secure) WEP protocol.

While, this might fix the problem, only do this as a last resort (especially in an office network). It is pretty trivial for people to hack a WEP network. It’s almost as good as tapping the password to your network on your mailbox outside. If you need to make the switch on your router look for the wireless security settings and choose WEP from the list. You should pick a new password so things transition correctly. Here are a couple screenshots from a new Linksys router and an AirPort router:

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Again, though Gizmodo is suggesting it, this doesn’t make switching to WEP a good idea. In fact I think it’s a terrible idea. So if all else fails, try it. Otherwise, maybe wait for iOS 6.1.

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  • CybertechRay

    It was a problem that the iPhone 5 had with WPA2 security. Everything else was working good including WPA. I had to downgrade my security to WPA to get the iPhone working on WIFI. Apple sent an update on IOS 6.0.1 and fixed the issue, it was a software related issue. I am now back on IOS 6.0.1, WPA2 and it is working good ;).

  • sidenine

    If it’s such a terrible idea to switch to WEP (which it really is), then why the hell are you even posting about it, along with detailed router screenshots? Seriously. Just because Gizmodo (and others) post about it, doesn’t mean you should too.

    • http://trishussey.com Tris Hussey

      If it’s last resort to get things working it might be better than nothing. Plus, the info is out there so saying why its bad is a step in the right direction.

  • http://SaephanServices.com/ Kao

    I didn’t have any problems with 6.0 running wpa2 AES. The ones having problems should try switching to AES instead of using mixed or TKIP. No one has ever had any problems connecting to my wifi using a wide range of devices.

    • http://trishussey.com Tris Hussey

      That’s the strange thing about the problem. It was never 100% of people. Some WPA2 networks, no problem. Others, molasses.

  • Shoryuken

    When did the iPhone 5s come out?

    • http://profiles.google.com/sebastian.rasch Sebastian Rasch

      It’s plural, several iPhone 5s, not only one iPhone 5. Comprendre?

  • iROCKu

    Wifi isn’t the issue, this battery drain is the real issue!!

    (iPhone 4S, iOS 6)

  • http://profiles.google.com/sebastian.rasch Sebastian Rasch

    Connecting itself is not the problem, but since iOS I loose connection much earlier when moving away from the router. I used to have good reception in my bed but with iOS 6 not anymore, I have to move about 2m closer to the router to connect. Really strange.

  • DizTortion

    It is indeed the encryption mode used in your WiFi. Just reconfigure it to use TKIP instead of AES and your IOS 6 device will happily use it without any problems. And WPA(2) w/ TKIP is way more secure than WEP. So give it a try. Bet it will work for you as well

  • Andy

    My 3GS worked fine through all the updates, no problems at all with Wifi, UNTIL I downloaded 6.0.1, then BAM! I’ve reset network connections, renewed the lease, done both versions of the reset, from settings and using the power button and home button at the same time. Turned my bluetooth off, turned wifi off and on several times, but I will NOT reset it to factory new settings! I shouldn’t have to! I will also NOT be setting my router to WEP! Apple needs to fix this problem, not ME! As soon as I downloaded the upgrade I’ve had nothing but wifi issues, so don’t tell me it’s hardware! I can connect until my phone locks, manually or automatically, doesn’t matter either way!
    This is the crap Microsoft pulled in the early 90’s, can’t we learn from our mistakes and fix problems rather than create new ones?

    • http://trishussey.com Tris Hussey

      I completely, 100% agree with you. Apple needs to figure out what the issue is and fix it.

  • X-treme1

    I don’t have any problems connecting to wifi, it’s that I can’t go as far away from the router as I used to before iOS 6. Ever since then I could no longer get my wifi from the living room, but if I go down the hall, closer to where the router is, I get the wifi signal.

  • X-treme1

    I don’t have any problems connecting to wifi, it’s that I can’t go as far away from the router as I used to before iOS 6. Ever since then I could no longer get my wifi from the living room, but if I go down the hall, closer to where the router is, I get the wifi signal.

  • Shady Cush

    I never had an issue with my iphone 5 running ios 6. But now i have updgraded to 6.0.1, my wifi is messed up bad. It forever drops the wifi connection, even when i am just meters away from the router. Also after my device has been in sleep mode, the wifi will not auto connect again on wake up. This means i am constantly going into settings to turn off wifi to then turn it back on to hopefully get reconnected, which may i add dose not always solve my problem. Resulting in me having to reboot my device. So in theory, they tried to solve peoples issues only to mess up other i-device users. Conclusion, apple sucks, i am buying a samsung.

  • devin

    Does my iphone 3gs have a battery in it or whats going on with my iphoneb3gs 2 where it shuts down or off me me